7 Things to Know about Christian Belief

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7 Things to Know about Christian Belief

Belief forms the framework of a life built on Jesus. Building on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ, the windows, doors, and walls of a Christian life are the doctrines that are entrusted to us. We learn, accept, and trust in God who gives them to us. Just as the apostles proclaimed salvation through Jesus, […]

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“Lord I Believe; Help My Unbelief”

The Gospel of Mark tells the story of a father whose son was demon-possessed. While the inner circle of disciples was watching Jesus’ transfiguration, the other disciples were in the valley dealing with a routine request for a healing. The father had tried to take the child to Jesus’ disciples. Jesus trained them to handle […]

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Katrina 10 Years Later

Ten years ago, our church in Knoxville hosted approximately 30 evacuees from the Gulf Coast. Earlier in the week, like many other helpless Americans, we wanted to do something. Jay Hogewood, who was then pastor of University Baptist in Baton Rouge, had created a makeshift relief warehouse for evacuees in his area. I contacted him, […]

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Our Journey

While on vacation in Colorado, we rafted down the Colorado River with another family from Illinois. Scott, a guide that sounded like “Mater” from the Disney movie Cars, prepared us for the trip. We practiced how to rescue someone from the water. If anyone went overboard, we were to grab him by the top of […]

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Why Believe?

The foundation of our faith is Jesus Christ. Like a house building our lives on the solid rock, our lives need a good frame, solid construction, and the furnishings of a Christian. The architecture of such a life is framed by the beliefs of a Christ follower. These doctrines give us the footholds and supports […]

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Measuring What Matters

In the Christian life, how do you measure a fully surrendered life to Jesus? It’s not based on the amount of times you attend church, go on a mission trip, or even the amount of money you give. Those things are all very important. Believe me, I love to see people in worship on a […]

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Think, Act, Be

What would it be like if Jesus lived your life right now? The late Dallas Willard once asked that question in a conference I attended many years ago. Instead of thinking about what Jesus would do, he asked us to imagine how he would transform the lives we have right now. If he lived in your […]

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Why Do We Need to Focus Over the Next Five Years?

When I was in seminary, I realized I needed glasses. My eyesight wasn’t terrible; in fact, after I started wearing glasses, my vision improved slightly—much to the delight of my optometrist. But each year, I return to the eye doctor expecting that my vision needs to be corrected again. As much as we hate to […]

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Vision Vocabulary

On Sunday, August 2, I shared the five goals of our 2020 vision. On August 26, I’ll present the full details of our proposal. We’ll be throwing around a lot of terms and concepts that night, and I want to define a few of the words we’ll be using in our proposal. Assessment- an online […]

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Unplugged

We just returned from a week without screens. Our family traveled to a YMCA camp in Estes Park, Colorado without phones, kindles, ipads, televisions, and music. We disconnected social media, email, news and trusted that life would go on without us. We left emergency numbers with those who could find us, and we had the […]

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